I purchased this book back in 2014 and have read and re-read it many times over... it is my go to book because the lives of the many featured in this book interesting, if not sad, creepy and to those who escaped. The are the addicts trying to survive, to the runaways who have nowhere better to go, to the blessed,and to the neglected and even those who love the vibrant scary lifestyle. So many interesting stories to be read in each chapter, along with the authors day to day encounters and frustrations. I would love to know more about the many lives that frequent and those who are now ingrained into the cracks of the footpaths that make up the Cross
This is a set of biographies a page or two a piece about the characters that walked and there lives. Each is valid and important and human and frail as the next. I was in the cross 1990s and it hasn't changed all that much. Just did laws and people. Still the Bohemia crash of drugs sex and loneliness and community spirit that can't be replicated anywhere else.
The author's heart is omnipresent in every fascinating, tragic and shocking vignette. So, be prepared to laugh, cry, sigh and reel. I applaud the author's credo that the humanity of every sufferer mentioned therein be remembered. My conclusion is that Australia's loss is California's gain.